Man arrested in Disneyland Paris hotel with 2 handguns and Koran

  • AFP, Paris
  • Updated: Jan 28, 2016 23:13 IST
File photo of Disney character Mickey posing in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland theme park as part of the 20th birthday celebrations of the park, outside Paris. (AFP)

A man carrying two handguns, ammunition and a Koran was arrested on Thursday at a hotel in Disneyland Paris, and his girlfriend was also held, police sources said.

The man was “detected upon his arrival at the Disneyland hotel where he had a reservation. Hotel security found two handguns, a Koran and ammunition on him”, said the source.

A separate police source said that the metal detector had rung out as the man passed through.

Police were called and arrested the suspect while they secured his vehicle.

They then tracked down his girlfriend in the Paris region who was also taken into custody.

Papers found on the suspect indicated that he lived in Paris, however no further details were available about him.

A police source said initial elements of the investigation did not point to terrorism, and that the man had said he was carrying the guns because he feared for his safety.

Disneyland Paris is situated about 30 kilometres east of the French capital and is the most visited theme park in Europe, with some 10 million visitors in 2014, according to that year’s Global Attractions Attendance Report.

France is on high alert after a devastating terror attack in November saw Islamic State group gunmen and suicide bombers target Paris cafes, a concert hall and the Stade de France national stadium, leaving 130 dead and hundreds injured.

The bloodshed was the second major attack in France within a year, as the country has become a prime target for the jihadist group operating out of Iraq and Syria.

In January 2015, three days of terror gripped Paris as a series of attacks left 17 people dead, including an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

France imposed a three-month state of emergency after the November attacks, which President Francois Hollande hopes to extend for another three months, despite fierce opposition from rights activists.

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